Hong Kong Awarded ‘Best of the Decade’ Meetings City by Smart Travel Asia
The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is pleased to announce that Hong Kong has been awarded the ‘Best City for Meetings’ in the Best of the Decade Awards (2010-2019) by Smart Travel Asia, in recognition of the city’s leading position as the ‘World’s Meeting Place’.
Since 2005, Smart Travel Asia has been conducting its authoritative Best in Travel Poll. With travel derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Best of the Decade award was based on a combination of weighted readers’ scores and journalists' views over 10 years of polls from 2010-2019.
Hong Kong has consistently cemented its leading position over the years thanks to its strong business fundamentals. The city is set to launch a brand new destination image to reinforce its position as a leading MICE destination with unrivalled attributes, new world-class infrastructure developments, new Greater Bay Area initiatives and endless unique destination products and experiences.
Mr Kenneth Wong, General Manager, MICE & Cruise and Regional Director, Europe said, “Winning the ‘Best City for Meetings’ award is certainly encouraging news for us and the industry amidst the pandemic. Nothing gives more assurance than knowing Hong Kong has consistently been capturing the hearts and minds of our long-term partners and Hong Kong fans. Albeit many visitors may not be able to come visit just yet, rest assured the city has applied its can-do mindset and flexibility to stand ready to welcome everyone back when the pandemic subsides.”
Additionally, Hong Kong International Airport has won the ‘Most Efficient Airport (Worldwide)’ title in the same award programme, being cited as a hugely efficient airport by both long-haul and short-haul passengers. This attribute was again demonstrated during the COVID-19 outbreak as the airport became one of the first in Asia Pacific to be accredited by the Airport Health Accreditation programme of Airports Council International for its efforts in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of airport staff and passengers.